ALA Annual 2016

Notable Children’s Recordings Nominees — Summer 2016 #alaac16

The ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee is charged with creating a list of the best children’s recordings that fit the following criteria (from the ALSC website):

  1. respects young people’s intelligence and imagination
  2. exhibits venturesome creativity
  3. in exemplary ways reflects and encourages the natural interest of children and young adolescents
  4. depicts excellence through the effective use of voices, music, sound effects, and language
  5. maintains high standards in aesthetic and technical aspects
  6. adapted materials remain true to, expand, or complement the original work

The committee has been busy reviewing submissions released since November 1, 2015. Please join us at ALA Annual as we discuss the list below. We will meet in HYATT-Celebration 11 on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-5:30 PM, and on Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 PM:

  1. Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abe Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport. 36 minutes. Spoken Arts. Performed by Nicol Zanzarella. 978-0-545-93267-7
  1. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor. 581 minutes. Harper Audio. Performed by Michael Crouch and Kathleen McInerney.
  1. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit. 391 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Allan Corduner. ISBN: 9781101891834
  1. Arf: A Bowser and Birdie Novel by Spencer Quinn. 399 minutes. Scholastic Audio. Performed by Jim Frangione. ISBN: 9780545927680.
  1. The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt; Translated by David Colmer. 242 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Katherine Kellgren. ISBN: 9780147521019.
  1. Demon Dentist by David Walliams. 286 minutes. Harper Audio, performed by David Walliams. ISBN: 9780062443977.
  1. Dream on, Amber by Emma Shevah. 265 minutes. Recorded Books Inc. Performed by Laura Kirman. ISBN: 9781501910715.
  1. The Extra Yard by Mike Lupica. 360 minutes. Simon and Schuster Audio. Performed by Keith Nobbs. ISBN: 9781442393745.
  1. The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst. 565 minutes. Recorded Books, Inc. Performed by Soneela Nankani. ISBN: 978150190152.
  1. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar. 521 minutes. Brilliance Audio.Performed by Almarie Guerra. ISBN: 978-1-5113-7196-4.
  1. Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! by Gary Northfield. 157 minutes. Brilliance Audio. Performed by Nick Podehl. ISBN: 9781511372060.
  1. Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern. 306 minutes. Harper Audio. Performed by Kirby Heyborn. ISBN: 978-1504695893.
  1. The Last Bogler: How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks. 466 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Mandy Williams. ISBN: 978039956837.
  1. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls Book 2: The Dastardly Deed. 446 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Music by Holly Grant. Performed by Rosalyn Landor. ISBN: 9781101891704
  1. The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union by David Potter. 418 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Kirby Heyborne. ISBN: 9780147521217.
  1. Life of Zarf: The Troll Who Cried Wolf by Rob Harrell. 205 minutes. Recorded Books, Inc. Performed by Graham Halstead. ISBN: 9781501908385.
  1. Milo Speck: Accidental Agent by Linda Urban. 325 minutes. Recorded Books, Inc. Performed by Scott Sowers. ISBN: 9781501910739.
  1. A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories by Joan Aiken. 97 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Lizza Aiken. ISBN: 9781101915738.
  1. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. 266 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Jenna Lamia. ISBN: 9781101917435.
  1. The Secrets of Solace by Jaleigh Johnson. 582 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Kim Mai Guest. ISBN: 9780147521132.
  1. Skinny-bones & Almost Starring Skinnybones by Barbara Park. 303 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Maxwell Glick. ISBN: 9780399569364.
  1. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson; Music by Scotty Huff. 8 minutes. Scholastic Audio. Performed by Peter Berkrot. ISBN: 9780545932592.
  2. Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhardt. 318 minutes. Scholastic Audio. Performed by Andrew Eiden. ISBN: N/A.
  1. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry; Music by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young. 5 minutes. Scholastic Audio. Performed by Maxwell Glick. ISBN: 9780545938150
  1. Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg. 482 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Susan Denaker. ISBN: 9780147526298.
  1. The Trilogy of Two by Juman Malouf. 705 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Jayne Entwistle. ISBN: 9781101892299.
  1. Tru and Nelle by G. Nerri. 320 minutes. Listening Library: An Imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing. Performed by Catherine Taber. ISBN: 9780735207400.
  1. The Worst Night Ever by Dave Barry. 265 minutes. Brilliance Audio. Performed by Todd Haberkorn. ISBN:

We hope to see you there!

Notable Children’s Recordings Committee
Chair, Marianne Martens, Ph.D.

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